London Bridge attack: Gunshots heard as police raids spread across east London
Counter terrorism police have made two fresh raids on addresses in east London. The arrests are regarding Saturday 3 June’s deadly terror attack in London.
The Metropolitan Police said officers entered properties in Newham and Barking at 4.15am today. Police have confirmed “a number” of people were detained.
Searches were continuing at both addresses, police added.
Residents reported hearing “loud flash bangs and gunshots” in the early hours of this morning.
Terrorists brought carnage to the streets of Britain yet again, killing seven and leaving 21 fighting for their lives.
Pedestrians were mowed down by a van on London Bridge before attackers stabbed a police officer. They also stabbed other revellers around Borough Market with 12-inch knives.
The three men, wearing fake suicide bomb vests, were shot dead by eight officers outside a pub. The police opened fire with an “unprecedented” hail of 50 bullets, while a bystander was also shot.
One of the three attackers had reportedly appeared in a Channel 4 documentary about jihadis in the UK.
The 27-year-old, reportedly from Barking in east London, was pictured lying on the ground after police shot the attackers dead.
Attacker inquired about van-hire before attack
The police have requested that the attacker’s name not be named apart from his nickname ‘Abz’. He appeared to pray to an Isis flag in a London park in ‘The Jihadis Next Door’ programme. The programme is a Channel 4 documentary about the behaviour and motivations of British extremists.
Neighbour Ikenna Chigbo said the attacker had asked him where he could get a van just before the attack. “He was just asking me all the details; how much was it, and just like asking where he could get a van, basically,” he told The Sun.
Another neighbour, Furqan Nabi, also said the attacker asked him about hiring a van. However, the attacker was “a bit vague about why he wanted it”.
The Metropolitan Police said the white Renault van had recently been hired by one of the attackers.
Police are searching four houses in Barking and have made 12 arrests as part of their investigation into the atrocity.